Mar 24, 2016
Sophie is a talented French artist with a passion for old and vintage things. Her beautifully composed images reflect dreams, nightmares and personal tales all surrounded by a nostalgic halo.
Following we want to present an interview we had with Sophie:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please tell us where are you from and what do you do at the moment?
SF - I live in Nancy, a city in north-eastern France. I’m a self-taught photographer and also have a part-time job in a performance hall.
am - What inspires your work?
SF - I draw my inspiration from all around me: nature, abandoned spaces, people close to me, lights, silence… and of course, all the artistic disciplines: literature, cinema, music…
am - How do you devise your projects, do you follow some previous stories or do you try to represent specific concepts?
SF - My work is very spontaneous, I do not always have specific ideas in mind when I start a photo session, perhaps only a state of mind that will guide me through. I often choose a place at first, and then everything comes together: I let my models immerse themselves in the light and atmosphere. I’m attentive, I try to capture a specific moment, as suspended in time. However, my double exposures are more thoughtful because I work in two times on image composition, so I try to have a general idea of the expected result.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
SF - Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ellen Rogers, Francesca Woodman, Man Ray, Sarah Moon, David Hamilton, Ren Hang, Sally Mann, and many many others.
But also, I must pay tribute to all the amazing emergent photographers that I can find on Flickr.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
SF - Nostalgia. Silence. Memories.
am - What are 5 things your could absolutely not live without?
SF - I could first say: "my five senses". See, hear, smell, touch, taste. Everything is wonderful through them, with a capacity of wonder. But I could also respond: Nature, Music, A good book, Calm and Walk.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
SF - Wherever I could walk in deep forests, or between rock and water, with plains that stretch as far as the eye can see in every direction. Maybe places like Montana and states of this region of the United States, or Canada.
am- Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
SF - I listen a lot of stoner or underground rock, metal, experimental, psychobilly. I could not isolate just a band or a song! My tastes are so eclectic. On the road, I like the energy of bands like Scorpion Child, Kadavar, The Vintage Caravan, Red Fang, Blues Pills. And things more trippy when I work, as Other Lives.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
SF - I have a passion for fantastic cinema, from the early 20th century until now. As I said for music, I can’t quote just a movie. This is a whole, or sometimes just a scene that has the power to upset me.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
Sophie's work was featured on our Third Printed Issue published in 2017 that you can purchase here.